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03-27-2013, 11:25 PM
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I'll be moving to Windsor for May 1st and being completely unfamiliar with the city, would greatly appreciate some advice on selecting an area to live. Is the downtown safe? Is it lively or is everything deserted in the evenings/weekends? I'd love to be walking distance from bars/restaurants/transit (including the tunnel bus for Wings & Lions games). If not the downtown, please suggest an alternative - it's really hard to find neighbourhood guides for such a small city.

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Went to a place called Tunnel BBQ by the bridge connecting with Detroit. Good place. Went there once when I had a hockey tournament in Detroit. A lot of middle-eastern neighborhoods iirc, I was young though.

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My boss grew up there before becoming a US citizen. He doesn't speak very highly of it. That's all I've got, sorry.

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Seriously, aside from the tourism guides talking about the casino, the crime map on their police website and census data, I'm working blind. Even the citydata forum doesn't have much.

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everyone there owns a fish. and it's illegal to take a left on red. good steak. good casino. good name- Wind-zor winsor wind-zer or if you are a french canadian "wind-ce-zar"

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Windsor's economy is primarily based on education, manufacturing, tourism, and government services.
Both the University of Windsor and St. Clair College are significant local employers and have enjoyed substantial growth and expansion in recent years. The recent addition of a full-program satellite medical school of the University of Western Ontario, which opened in 2008 at the University of Windsor is further enhancing the region's economy and the status of the university. The university is currently constructing a $112 million facility for their Engineering Faculty.
Windsor has a well-established tourism industry. Caesars Windsor (formerly Casino Windsor), one of the largest casinos in Canada, ranks as one of the largest local employers. It has been a major draw for U.S. visitors since opening in 1994. Further, the 1,150-kilometre (710 mi) Quebec City – Windsor Corridor contains 18 million people, with 51% of the Canadian population and three out of the five largest metropolitan areas, according to the 2011 Census.


Ohhhh and it tends to be a fair bit warmer than Winnipeg.

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There are some dumpy Detroit-esque parts, but there are also some really good parts.

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Been there about half a dozen times...They have a really cool little italy with tons of great italian restaurants. The best part about Windsor is youre a 5 minute drive through the tunnel and youre right at Joe Louis arena for Red Wing games, or at CoAmerica Park for Tigers Game. Downtown Detroit is a dump except greek town which has a cool casino and some amazing greek restaurants.

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Been there about half a dozen times...They have a really cool little italy with tons of great italian restaurants. The best part about Windsor is youre a 5 minute drive through the tunnel and youre right at Joe Louis arena for Red Wing games, or at CoAmerica Park for Tigers Game. Downtown Detroit is a dump except greek town which has a cool casino and some amazing greek restaurants.
Mexicantown is nice too, though in an less conventional way. The worst part of Detroit is the residential areas, IMO.

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There are some dumpy Detroit-esque parts, but there are also some really good parts.
Could you be more specific (if you remember)? I've read the area west of the university (Sandwich) is pretty run down. I'm mostly thinking the area east of the university (west of downtown), downtown or Walkerville (east of downtown), in each case close to the river. If there's really good or really dumpy areas in any of those, I'd love to know.

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Been there about half a dozen times...They have a really cool little italy with tons of great italian restaurants. The best part about Windsor is youre a 5 minute drive through the tunnel and youre right at Joe Louis arena for Red Wing games, or at CoAmerica Park for Tigers Game. Downtown Detroit is a dump except greek town which has a cool casino and some amazing greek restaurants.
I've already been reading up on the tunnel bus for Red Wings and Lions games. The proximity to Detroit is a real bonus for me, otherwise I probably wouldn't have even applied for a job in such a small city anyways. I should point out, if I didn't already, I'll be relocating for work.

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Pretty sure that place use to be called Berlin before WW1

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I'll be moving to Windsor for May 1st and being completely unfamiliar with the city, would greatly appreciate some advice on selecting an area to live. Is the downtown safe? Is it lively or is everything deserted in the evenings/weekends? I'd love to be walking distance from bars/restaurants/transit (including the tunnel bus for Wings & Lions games). If not the downtown, please suggest an alternative - it's really hard to find neighbourhood guides for such a small city.
You actually moving there for work? (meaning your job is relocating you)

One of the highest unemployment rates in Canada.

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Could you be more specific (if you remember)? I've read the area west of the university (Sandwich) is pretty run down. I'm mostly thinking the area east of the university (west of downtown), downtown or Walkerville (east of downtown), in each case close to the river. If there's really good or really dumpy areas in any of those, I'd love to know.



I've already been reading up on the tunnel bus for Red Wings and Lions games. The proximity to Detroit is a real bonus for me, otherwise I probably wouldn't have even applied for a job in such a small city anyways. I should point out, if I didn't already, I'll be relocating for work.
The most specific area is the area just around the Bridge and the universities, lots of strip clubs and motels praising their free HBO and Color TV's. It is being redeveloped a bit though. Downtown is what you make of it, it's not the best downtown, but it's not the worst either, the view of the Detroit River lightens up the area significantly, IMO.

Of course, Winnipeg isn't free of urban problems either, so I'm sure it will be fine. Anyway, welcome to Metro Detroit!!!

Also, it was Kitchener which was called Berlin before WWI.

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You actually moving there for work? (meaning your job is relocating you)

One of the highest unemployment rates in Canada.
Yep. Job is paying for relocation. Good job and the rent from what I've seen is half that of Winnipeg (no apartments here). Should work out well at least economically.

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Take comfort in the fact that you'll be living in literally the only part of Canada I've ever been to.

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Wow, I feel for you OP. Good luck...Windsor is like the 2nd armpit of Canada

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Nope, that's Kitchener. They kept the Oktoberfest.

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Yep. Job is paying for relocation. Good job and the rent from what I've seen is half that of Winnipeg (no apartments here). Should work out well at least economically.
Also another cool thing is the via rail station at windsor hop on and only about an enjoyable 4 hour train ride to downtown toronto on long weekends.

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